Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Elderflower Tme Again

It's time for she who must be obeyed to make her annual batch of Eldeerflower Cordial so our route is being planned by the proximity of well-developed flower heads.
2012 Vintage in production
Every time we pass the brew we have to stop and shake it about.

The recipe is below if you wish to try it out.
 Do not expect to buy Citric Acid in a pharmacy without an inquisition as, apparently, it is used by cocaine addicts (not to make elderflower cordial).  If yo want ot  spice it up a little you can add some ginger at the end of the process.

Elderflower Cordial
Recipe by Margaret Lloyd

Ingredients for Syrup
2.5 pints boiling water
3lb sugar
2 lemons, finely chopped
2oz Citric Acid

Sterilize all equipment before use

Pick 25 heads of Elderflower –full and fresh.
(Traditionally with dew on)

Steep the Elderflower heads in the syrup for two days
Agitate frequently

Strain and bottle

Makes almost four pints (or 5 x 500ml bottles)

Can be frozen

Dilute to taste – particularly good with sparkling water

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